OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

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What is OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)?

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent, persistent obsessions or compulsions. Obsessions are the intrusive ideas, thoughts, or images and compulsions are repetitive and seemingly purposeful behavior generally recognized as senseless.

Common symptoms reported by people with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

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Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

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Type
How many have tried
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(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
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(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
Anxious mood (36) Insomnia (7)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
38
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(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
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(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
Depressed mood (10) Anxious mood (9)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
Insomnia (13) OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (5)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
Insomnia (20) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
Pain (16) Anxious mood (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18

Data from patients with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Decreased appetite Bipolar manic episodes 8 more
How many evaluations
19
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (22 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Addiction 16 more
How many evaluations
27
Tried for
Anxious mood (36) Insomnia (7)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Dissociation Emotional distress 1 more
How many evaluations
15
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Depressed mood Difficulty with orgasm 10 more
How many evaluations
23
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Anorgasmia 8 more
How many evaluations
17
Tried for
Depressed mood (10) Anxious mood (9)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Addiction Depressed mood 3 more
How many evaluations
19
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Nausea 9 more
How many evaluations
18
Tried for
Insomnia (13) OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (5)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) Fatigue 3 more
How many evaluations
12
Tried for
Insomnia (20) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Burning Mouth Clumsiness 4 more
How many evaluations
9
Tried for
Pain (16) Anxious mood (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Sex drive (libido) decreased Abdominal bloating 19 more
How many evaluations
11

Data from patients with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 49
20s 741
30s 1,038
40s 980
50s 624
60s 237
70+ 56

Sex

Distribution of sex

77% Female
23% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,047
20-29 years 254
30-39 years 134
40-49 years 61
50-59 years 11
60-69 years 3
70+ years 2

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,963
Not Diagnosed 1,783

These charts show data from OCD patients who have completed their condition history
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